Social Finance
Impact Incubator

Impact Incubator

The Impact Incubator brings together foundations’ expertise in tackling social issues and Social Finance’s ability to develop and implement new social business models. Our ambition is to launch “game changing” models for delivering impact in areas of acute social need.

The Impact Incubator is funded by City Bridge Trust, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Tudor Trust.


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Introduction to the Impact Incubator

The Issues

Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) mental health inequalities

BME people are under-represented in low-level mental health support but 3.5 times more likely to be detained or “sectioned” under the Mental Health Act and twice as likely to commit suicide. Current mental health services are not meeting their needs and are often viewed as inaccessible. At its worst, BME people face discrimination from services which under-refer to preventative support and over-detain at the severe end. We will work with communities, statutory and charitable partners alongside funders to build on pockets of best practice and improve outcomes.

Children leaving care

10,000 children leave state care each year but many talk about a cliff edge of support from total dependence to total independence. These young people often have a more difficult start to adult life – consequently they are more likely to suffer from depression, low confidence or end up in prison. These young people should have the same life chances as any other young person. We will work with young people, charities and commissioners to develop the solution young people need after care to give them a strong foundation for adult life.

We have designed a survey for care leavers to submit their opinions on how to make the experience of leaving care better. We have appreciated the guidance that so many experts have given us in devising this survey. In particular, Who Cares? Trust, Ben Ashcroft, Zachari Duncalf, National Children’s Bureau, Barnardos and Sally Bartolo the GLA Peer Outreach Team Manager have provided valuable input into our survey.


Rehabilitation of perpetrators of domestic abuse

There are 25,000 serial perpetrators of domestic abuse nationally. However, only 6% of perpetrators receive any intervention to address their abusive behaviour. The problem is widespread: there are 635,000 incidents of domestic abuse each year and 130,000 children in the UK live in households with a high-risk perpetrator. If we want victims to live safer lives we need to develop and implement a better response to those perpetrating abuse and end the cycle.

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